Between 1872 and 1969, the Woodstock Letters was the publication of record for the Society of Jesus in North America and, in its later editions, South America. It was published at the Woodstock College seminary in Maryland and was “printed for private circulation only,” intended for an exclusively Jesuit readership. Woodstock offered often candid assessments—written nearly entirely by Jesuits—of the “current events and historical notes connected with the colleges and missions of the Society of Jesus.” It presented fulsome biographies and obituaries, detailed histories of local institutions, correspondence from the Jesuit leadership in Rome, and reviews of “Books of Interest to Ours” (i.e., members of the Society of Jesus). Part in-house newsletter and part institutional memoir, Woodstock chronicled a vital period in the history of the apostolic works conducted by the Society of Jesus in the Americas. The Woodstock Letters is reproduced here in its entirety with the permission of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.
This digitizing project is a collaborative effort by the Boston College University Libraries and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, which seeks to deepen understanding and appreciation for the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus.